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WIU shooting victim expected to make full recovery

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- An individual who was shot on the campus of Western Illinois University (WIU) last week is expected to make a full recovery according to the university.

WIU spokesperson Darcie Shinberger made the announcement on Tuesday.

Shinberger added that due to the family's wishes for privacy, the university would not release any additional information about the victim.

The individual had allegedly been shot last Tuesday in WIU's Thompson Hall by his roommate Kavion Poplous, 18, of Chicago.

The shooting victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital according to Shinberger.

WIU Interim President Martin Abraham said the injured student was then transferred to another hospital overnight September 15th where he had surgery.

Kavion Poplous

An arrest warrant was issued for Poplous the morning of September 16th charging him with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

Poplous turned himself into Chicago Police in Cook County that same afternoon.

Poplous was still being housed in the Cook County jail as of September 21st.

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